(The team collects the award)
A team of Thames Water graduates have been recognised for raising thousands of pounds for WaterAid after scooping an international award.
The nine-strong team raised more than £17,000 and beat competition from Europe and the United States to win ‘Best Fund’ at the Water Innovator awards.
It’s the first time anyone from Thames Water has won an award in the annual competition.
The awards are organised by WaterAid and Water Innovators, with teams challenged to fundraise, solve a real-life water-related problem, and commit to learn and develop objectives, before being rigorously judged by a panel of experts.
This year’s challenge saw each executive member and their team raise £1 per mile for a virtual journey back from Malawi to the UK, plus an obstacle course held before the Raft Race. All funds raised went towards the Thames loves Malawi campaign.
Evelyn Killaspy, who led the team, said: “After months of hard work and dedication from everyone, it was great to see it recognised at such a prestigious event.
“A big thank you to the executive members, their teams and everyone in the business who got involved in fundraising and supporting the event - from donating money to getting involved with bake sales, raffles, quizzes, head shaves and even a fete!”
The team admitted they faced challenges along the way, especially as they were all based at various offices across Thames Water’s region.
They were given £500 to fund the challenge and miraculously managed to spend only £286. After raising £17,538, which was the most raised globally, it resulted in a return of more 6,131 per cent on their initial investment – a stat that wowed the judges!
Ellen Jones, another member of the team, said: “It feels incredible. Of course we had to juggle this with our normal job but knowing we have raised almost £20,000 for WaterAid, which will do so much to transform people’s lives, feels really great.”
The night brought more good news – the runners up for ‘Best Fund’ were fellow Thames team Making Waves, who organised the Build-a-Raft event, and Quay Players also received a special commendation in the Learn category.